- The Guardian(UK) 18:54July 14, 2020British Airways to sell art collection to ease Covid-19 pressuresMultimillion-pound collection features work by Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst and Marc QuinnBritish Airways is selling its multimillion-pound art collection, including work by Bridget Riley and Damien Hirst, as it attempts to raise funds while the Covid-19 crisis continues to devastate the aviation sector.The Sotheby’s sale will include several artworks that could fetch six-figure sums and have previously decorated BA’s executive lounges and company headquarters. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 18:43July 14, 2020Banksy creates mask-themed work on London UndergroundThe artist’s stencils on a tube train feature rats with surgical face masks and hand sanitiserBanksy has entered the mask debate with his latest typically playful work: a series of stencils on the London Underground that feature his trademark rats struggling to come to terms with surgical masks.In a video posted on his Instagram page, the street artist is seen entering an underground train carriage while dressed as a member of the cleanup crew before stencilling the rats, which are depicted as using the masks as parachutes and dispensing hand sanitiser. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 18:33July 14, 2020A Norwegian designer created a $13,500 tiny home office with tinted glass to be a perfect backyard workspace — see inside the StudypodNorwegian design studio Livit created a detached home office.
It has black tinted glass to makes it easy to work without glare or too much sun.
The Studypod starts at $13,500.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Norwegian design studio Livit created a detached, one-room unit that can be used as an office, yoga studio, guest room, and more. People are spending more time at home because of COVID-19, with many scrambling to figure out remote work configurations at home. Livit describes the Studypod as zen, detached office free of distractions, where one can work close to nature.
Livit has experience creating minimalist structures that give the best views of nature. The studio is also behind Birdbox, a micro cabin that blends into nature and gives unparalleled views of fjords and mountains.
The Studypod is available to buy now and starts at $13,500. Take a look. The Studypod is extremely tiny, at only 38 square feet.
But, that means it could potentially be an ideal office, with no distractions at all.
Livit told Business Insider that it can fit a king size bed, making it a potential detached guest room.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The best deals on Nintendo Switch consoles, games, and accessories right now — including $15 off 'Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu'Inside the rise of TikTok, the viral video-sharing app that US officials are threatening to ban due to its ties to ChinaThe best TV deals — save $700 on Samsung's brand-new Q90T QLED 4K TVSEE ALSO: This $40,000, 260-square-foot tiny cabin is designed to be the perfect escape from city life — see inside
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- Guardian 16:14July 14, 2020Big three London museums to reopen in AugustPeople will have to book to visit V&A, Science Museum and Natural History MuseumCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum have announced plans to have a staggered reopening in which they anticipate 80% fewer visitors.The three museums, all neighbours in South Kensington, will reopen on different days in August to avoid pressure on public transport. Visitors will have to book time slots. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:00July 14, 2020What's the future of theatre? A Scottish seaside town may have all the answersTransparent wraparound screens, touring deckchair pop-ups, rooftop suction devices … our writer talks to the designers rethinking theatre for the Covid age – and finds Dunoon leading the wayPacked shoulder to shoulder with your neighbour, elbows jostling for position on the armrest, knees pressed up against the seat in front, your view blocked by a column – the West End theatre experience can be claustrophobic at the best of times. Now that theatres have been given the green light to reopen, with their share of a £1.5bn support fund in the offing, how on earth can these historic venues adapt to a socially distanced post-Covid future?For Cameron Mackintosh, the hit musical producer and owner of eight historic theatres in London’s West End, it’s an impossible prospect. “Until social distancing doesn’t exist any more, we can’t even plan to reopen,” he said in June, when he announced that all of his venues would remain shuttered until at least 2021. For an industry that relies on packing people in as tightly as possible to create an electric atmosphere, social distancing is surely its death-knell. Continue reading...
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- iXBT 01:58July 14, 2020Проблемы геймдизайна: как разработчики навязывают нам своё видение игрыЕсли задать геймерам вопрос «что должно быть в хорошей игре», вы услышите самые разные ответы. Обычно они довольно стандартны: отличная графика, захватывающая атмосфера, чарующий саундтрек, подчёркивающий сильные моменты игры, и прочее в том же духе. Но связующим звеном всегда выступает грамотно продуманный геймдизайн, без которого игра попросту не будет работать. И если у проекта вдруг получилось отбиться по продажам и завоевать любовь игроков, значит, геймплей в этом проекте интересен, он грамотно сочетается с остальными игровыми элементами. Но вот перед разработчиками появляется задача — сделать продолжение, которое превзойдёт первую часть по всем фронтам, постаравшись при этом внести что-то новое и не сломать то, что работало раньше. К сожалению, в этом направлении всё же случаются промахи, в особенности, когда авторы считают, что игроки неправильно проходили их игру. В продолжении вводятся ограничения, зачастую в корне меняющие подход к геймплею, что вызывает у только-только появившихся фанатов не самую приятную палитру эмоций.Читать дальше
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- AdWeek 01:09July 14, 2020Stone’s Upside-Down Labels Aren’t a Mistake. They’re the Brewer’s First Ad CampaignAround mid-June, beer lovers browsing store shelves might have noticed something odd about the bottles coming from California's Stone Brewing: the labels were upside down. As you might imagine, fans noticed, wondering if it was a printing error or maybe just some quarantine-era "why not?" approach to keeping things interesting. Upside-down label, what do I...
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- Business Insider 23:42July 13, 2020A very pink 1980s mansion in an exclusive desert enclave near LA comes with neon light fixtures and a waterfall bar. Take a look inside.A seven-bedroom mansion in an exclusive neighborhood a few hours east of Los Angeles is now listed for $10 million under its original asking price.
With neon light fixtures, numerous shades of pink, and glowing outdoor tiles reminiscent of a dance floor, the $6 million home feels like a time capsule from the 1980s.
The home is located inside The Vintage Club, a residents-only country club with two championship golf courses in Indian Wells, California.
Take a look inside 74380 Palo Verde Drive, which comes with 14 bathrooms, a lagoon-inspired pool, and a dedicated golf cart garage.
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A California mansion best described as a time capsule from the 1980s has been on and off market for nearly two decades. Now, the home is listed for $6 million — $10 million less than its original asking price.
Chris Miller for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
The home was first listed in 2003 for $16.5 million, according to Realtor.com. It was back on the market asking $6.9 million in November 2019 and has been on the market at its current price since February.
Niloo Shams and Ed Borquez of Pacific Sotheby's International Realty hold the listing.
Source: Pacific Sotheby's International Realty, Realtor.com
Located at 74380 Palo Verde Drive, the home sits on 1.5 acres of land owned by The Vintage Club, a private country club with two championship golf courses in Indian Wells, California, about two hours east of Los Angeles.
Chris Miller for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
Source: Pacific Sotheby's International Realty
The only way to become a member of The Vintage Club is to purchase real estate, according to the club's website. Their current real estate listings range from $595,000 for a Hacienda-style cottage to $9.7 million for a custom home.
Chris Miller for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
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See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:8 ways luxury buildings will never be the same, from touchless elevators to a lot more outdoor spaceA vintage trailer campsite in a secluded California vineyard comes with a private swimming dock and is offering weekend buyouts starting at $3,000. Take a look inside.All-cash offers and 18 bids on a single home: Realtors describe the frenzied state of the suburban market as people abandon New York CitySEE ALSO: The producer of the cult classic movie 'American Psycho' designed a home in Joshua Tree that looks like a fallen skyscraper, and it's almost entirely covered in mirrors. Take a look inside.
NOW READ: Walt Disney's 'Technicolor Dream House' just sold for $1.1 million. Here's a look inside his former Palm Springs retreat.
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- Guardian 08:00July 13, 2020Eight go mad in Arizona: how a lockdown experiment went horribly wrongIn the 1990s, a troupe of hippies spent two years sealed inside a dome called Biosphere 2. They ended up starving and gasping for breath. As a new documentary Spaceship Earth tells their story, we meet the ‘biospherians’It sounds like a sci-fi movie, or the weirdest series of Big Brother ever. Eight volunteers wearing snazzy red jumpsuits seal themselves into a hi-tech glasshouse that’s meant to perfectly replicate Earth’s ecosystems. They end up starving, gasping for air and at each other’s throats – while the world’s media looks on.But the Biosphere 2 experiment really did happen. Running from 1991 to 1993, it is remembered as a failure, if it is remembered at all – a hubristic, pseudo-scientific experiment that was never going to accomplish its mission. However, as the new documentary Spaceship Earth shows, the escapade is a cautionary tale, now that the outside world – Biosphere 1, if you prefer – is itself coming to resemble an apocalyptic sci-fi world. Looking back, it’s amazing that Biosphere 2 even happened at all, not least because the people behind it started out as a hippy theatre group. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 16:00July 12, 2020The Marine Corps' major redesign means big cuts — including to its working dog forceThe Marine Corps is designing its force to make sure it has the units it needs in the numbers it needs for a future war.
That redesign means many units are being reduced or eliminated, and that includes the Corps' military working dogs.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Marine Corps is undertaking a force-wide restructuring to ensure it has the right composition to take on future conflicts. And its military working dog community, used for everything from patrols and bomb detection to security for high-profile officials, is no exception.
The Marine Corps Military Working Dog Program is undergoing a large-scale review that aims to standardize equipment and improve training — and as part of that, the working dog population is expected to shrink significantly, program director Bill Childress told Military.com.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Police dogs trained to sniff out hidden electronics are leading officers to key pieces of evidence in child porn cases and fraudSee Also:Hundreds of Marine recruits have tested positive for Covid-19 at boot campThe battle of Saipan ended 76 years ago — here's how one Marine there convinced 1,500 Japanese to surrenderAir Force F-15 fighter pilot takes first flight since accidental electrocution stopped his heart for 12 minutesSEE ALSO: Hundreds of Marine recruits have tested positive for Covid-19 at boot camp
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- Business Insider 15:45July 12, 2020This company converts shipping containers into $50,000 sustainable, off-grid tiny homes in 99 days — see insideTwo Mexican architects teamed up to create the Minimal Leisure Dwelling, a prefab shipping container home.
The home starts at $50,000 and can be completed in 99 days.
Sustainability plays into every aspect of the design for minimum environmental impact, the company claims.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Two Mexican architects designed a modern, sustainable tiny home, and it barely shows its shipping container roots.
Rodrigo Alegre and Carlos Acosta, founder of the Mexico City studio StudioRoca, spent the last few years focusing more and more on environmental impact, and eventually developed the idea for Vivienda Minima de Descanso (VMD), or Minimal Leisure Dwelling.
VMD is a prefab one or two-bedroom home made out of repurposed shipping containers, with customization options throughout. The one-bedroom designs are about 322 square feet, and two-bedroom designs are about 645 square feet.
The basic VMD starts at $49,000 and is constructed in Mexico, then dropped by a crane into whatever location is chosen by the buyer. With the philosophy of minimizing environmental impact, VMD can be used totally off-grid, with solar panels and a rainwater tank. Specialized materials minimize energy needs throughout to keep the home as low impact as possible.
See inside here. VMD units are made out of repurposed shipping containers.
Vivienda Minima de Descanso
The exterior facade is made out of viroc, a composite material.
Vivienda Minima de Descanso
The architects said that sustainability was a goal throughout the design, and using shipping containers reduce resources used and waste produced.
Vivienda Minima de Descanso
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:This $40,000, 260-square-foot tiny cabin is designed to be the perfect escape from city life — see insideSix professional 'Fortnite' streamers on YouTube gave a tour of the multimillion dollar mansion they bought together — see insideHow to workaround a Facebook bug causing popular apps like Spotify, Pinterest, and Tinder to crashSEE ALSO: This 15-sided, 86-square-foot tiny home is designed to be the perfect backyard office for $28,000 — see inside
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- Business Insider 13:44July 12, 2020This $40,000, 260-square-foot tiny cabin is designed to be the perfect escape from city life — see insideItalian designers created a prefab cabin called Mountain Refuge.
The modular cabin is about 260 square feet, with the potential to combine several units together.
The designers are looking for prefab construction companies to work with to sell the cabin.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Architects Massimo Gnocchi and Paolo Danesi started The Mountain Refuge to deliver their concept for a tiny, modular cabin at affordable prices around the world.
The startup is working towards finding a balance between sustainability and design. The architects told Business Insider that they are actively looking for partnerships with prefab construction companies in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to manufacture the cabin on a large scale. They say that they already consider the project a success based on requests and inquiries coming in, and they plan to design more tiny homes in the future.
The tiny cabin with wood finishes and a front deck looks rustic at first, but the slanted roof and minimalist interior give it a modern look, too. It can be hooked up to utilities, or used for an off-grid lifestyle, with some minor adjustments.
See inside. Designers describe the cabin as "inspired by traditional archetypes, evoked through contemporary principles."
The cabin is composed of two modules, each with a slanted roof that creates a symmetric look.
The exterior is made of plywood covered in black tar, and the designers are experimenting with other possible finishes.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:This virtual reality motion simulator could be used to train military pilots — see how to worksSamsung is about to unveil its next big Galaxy Note phone — here's everything we know about it so farHow to workaround a Facebook bug causing popular apps like Spotify, Pinterest, and Tinder to crashSEE ALSO: The 68-square-foot Zen Work Pod is a tiny office for the backyard designed to minimize distractions working from home — see inside
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- The Guardian(UK) 11:05July 12, 2020Gilbert and George quit Royal Academy over dashed hopes for major exhibitionThe artists stood down as academicians after the gallery said it would not be hosting the show they had plannedArtists Gilbert and George, unpredictable celebrities of the British avant garde, have perplexed the art world together for more than five decades. Their provocative murals, posters, photographs and videos have surprised and often unsettled fans. But now the artists, who revel in a joint reputation “as horrid people”, have fallen out with one of Britain’s most prestigious cultural institutions – the Royal Academy of Art.The two artists have taken the dramatic step of resigning from the RA in reaction to a decision not to go ahead with an exhibition they had been planning to stage in the academy’s Piccadilly galleries. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 20:46July 9, 2020A new luxury hotel is opening up in the Sedona desert next year, and it features 40 cube-shaped guest pods that appear to float above the ground. Take a look inside.A luxury hotel consisting of 40 cube-shaped guest atriums in the Sedona desert is set to open in early 2021.
Elevated above the ground on steel frames, the atriums look as if they're floating in mid-air.
No cars are alllowed on the three-acre property; instead, guests can ride around the hotel's network of 'wellness trails' in two-person electric vehicles or take a guided hiking tour through nearby Coconino National Forest.
Here's an early look at the hotel, Ambiente, which comes with a lagoon-like pool and boasts sweeping views of Sedona's red rock formations.
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Ambiente Hotel, a luxury, carless resort consisting of 40 cube-shaped guest atriums hidden away in the Sedona desert, is set to open in early 2021.
Jennifer May and Colleen Tebrake of Two Sister Bosses, a Sedona-based luxury development company, are developing the project in conjunction with ASUL Architects.
Source: Ambiente Hotel
Elevated on steel piers, the suites appear to float above the ground.
Source: Ambiente Hotel
Reflective, bronze-tinted floor-to-ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of Sedona's famous red rock formations and Coconino National Forest from the inside while camouflaging the suites from the outside.
Source: Ambiente Hotel, AZ Big Media
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:An architecture studio designed a luxury underground bunker to prepare for the next pandemic, and it has an indoor pool that's meant to mimic the experience of swimming in the sea. Take a look inside.The LA-based interior designer who has worked with the Kardashians, Cher, and Ozzy Osbourne reveals how he creates homes for the ultra-wealthyYoga lawns, giant chess, and glamping wagons: These are the 10 most popular campsites and RV resorts across the US right nowSEE ALSO: Look inside the luxury hotel built out of 1950s train cars that will sit atop a historic bridge in the heart of South Africa's biggest national park
NOW READ: The producer of the cult classic movie 'American Psycho' designed a home in Joshua Tree that looks like a fallen skyscraper, and it's almost entirely covered in mirrors. Take a look inside.
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- Business Insider 20:01July 9, 2020A futuristic solar-powered McDonald's just opened at Disney World, and it's open to the public. Take a look inside. McDonald's unveiled an 8,024 square foot solar-powered restaurant at Disney World on July 1.
The new restaurant is covered in solar panels and has a 1,700 square foot living wall that naturally cools the building and collects rain water.
The restaurant is already open to the public from 11 am to 8 pm, and features plenty of shaded outdoor seating.
Take a look at the restaurant in pictures below.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On July 1, McDonald's unveiled a brand new solar-powered restaurant at Disney World.
The 8,024 square foot restaurant is covered in solar panels and features eco-friendly design features that minimize energy use and keep the building naturally cool. It was designed by Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects and Florida-based architectural and engineering firm CPH, according to a press release emailed to Business Insider.
"These unprecedented times have only heightened the importance of innovation that fosters long-term security and sustainability," Marion Gross, McDonald's North America chief supply chain officer, said in the press release. "While health and safety in our restaurants is our top priority, we must also remain focused on creating positive change for our communities and the planet. This restaurant marks an important step in McDonald's journey to reduce our carbon footprint and identify meaningful solutions in the fight against climate change."
McDonald's intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030. Learnings from the solar-powered restaurant will be applied to those efforts. The chain will also apply for a zero energy certification from the International Living Future Institute for the restaurant.
The new McDonald's is located on Buena Vista Drive in Disney World Orlando. Although Disney World will not reopen until July 11, the solar-powered McDonald's is already open to visitors. Take a look at its eco-friendly features below.The restaurant's architecture has a natural cooling effect that offsets the Florida heat.
Courtesy of McDonald's
1,066 rooftop solar panels produce up to 600,000 kilowatts of electricity per year.
Courtesy of McDonald's
Photovoltaic glass panels are integrated throughout the building.
Courtesy of McDonald's
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Take a look inside this exclusive, socially-distanced tropical restaurant pop-up that has a fully automated ordering systemI ate chicken wings from 5 major chains, and a little-known newcomer beat out all the classicsI ate 8 chicken sandwiches from fast-food chains, and the best was also the cheapestSEE ALSO: I visited Disney Springs a week after it reopened and saw why the theme park giant will be able to reopen its parks without a hitch in July
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- Business Insider 15:27July 9, 2020This 15-sided, 86-square-foot tiny home is designed to be the perfect backyard office for $28,000 — see insideHungarian design studio Hello Wood created a cabin that can function as a home office.
The prefabricated structure is only 86 square feet.
It costs $28,000 and ships to Europe, and designers are planning to eventually ship to North America.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Since March, millions of people around the world have been forced to figure out how to work from home, from improvised office space to quick childcare solutions.
Budapest-based Hello Wood design studio's creative solution is a tiny cabin called Workstation, designed to go in a backyard, as an addition to a home.
With the popular rise of tiny homes in the last decade, other companies have proposed similar ideas. US smart office company Autonomous is selling a minimalist, 68 square foot office for up to $15,000. Hello Wood itself is working on other tiny cabins that could be used as offices or retreats, like the Kabinka cabin, and the expanded Grand Cabin.
Right now, Hello Wood is taking orders by email for $28,000 plus shipping in Europe. The studio is also figuring out overseas shipping, after receiving interest from North American buyers.
Here's what it looks like. The Workstation cabin isn't the standard cube shape for tiny homes. Instead, it's "pebble shaped" with 15 sides.
The cabin can go in a backyard or garden, and Hello Wood says it "brings the illustrations in our favorite childhood book to life," it looks like something out of a fairy tale.
Though small, the 86 square foot cabin can be used all year round. It's soundproof and insulated.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:OnePlus, the small tech company taking on Apple and Samsung, is about to launch a super-cheap 5G smartphone — here's everything we know about it so farThe life and career of Alex Karp, the billionaire CEO who's taking Palantir public in what could be one of the biggest tech IPOs of the yearWe got an exclusive look at the pitch deck will writing startup Farewill used to raise $25 millionSEE ALSO: The 68-square-foot Zen Work Pod is a tiny office for the backyard designed to minimize distractions working from home — see inside
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- Guardian 15:19July 9, 2020Another terrible tower? Why Leeds looks like a depot of discarded fridgesPlans to build Yorkshire’s tallest building have provoked outrage in a city where developers are busily reaching for the sky Since the mid-19th century, the city of Leeds has proudly greeted visitors from the south with some of the most elegant towers in the land. As the train snakes its way into the city centre, a trio of fine brick chimneys is revealed at a bend in the river, each styled after a different Italian renaissance tower. One mimics Giotto’s Campanile in Florence, another echoes the Torre dei Lamberti in Verona, while a third recalls a Tuscan towerhouse in San Gimignano. It was the ornate fantasy of Victorian industrialist Colonel Thomas Harding, who hired architect William Bakewell to conjure the most beautiful ventilation shafts that a Yorkshire pin factory had ever seen.In recent years, this sophisticated scene has been overshadowed by towers of a different kind. First came the ranks of tacky waterside apartments, each topped with a jaunty curved roof, adding a touch of service station chic. Then came Bridgewater Place, the tallest building in Yorkshire, which squats like a bulky grey Dalek on the skyline. Its malevolence extends beyond its looks alone: the wind created by this “killer tower” at street level swept a lorry on to the pavement, crushing a man to death, and has injured others. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 10:00July 9, 2020Who are these storm-tossed lovers? The great British art quizToday’s quiz, designed to explore the art collections of museums in lockdown, is posed by Edinburgh’s City Art CentreThis quiz series is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home of the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues, by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK sets the questions.Today, our questions are set by City Art Centre, part of Museums & Galleries Edinburgh. The centre’s fine art collection traces the development of Scottish art from the 17th century to the present day. Numbering almost 5,000 art works, it includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, tapestry and installation art. Among the highlights are key works by Allan Ramsay, Alexander Nasmyth, EA Hornel, John Duncan, JD Fergusson, William Gillies, Joan Eardley, Eduardo Paolozzi and Victoria Crowe. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 22:12July 8, 2020An architecture studio designed a luxury underground bunker to prepare for the next pandemic, and it has an indoor pool that's meant to mimic the experience of swimming in the sea. Take a look inside.A design concept for a subterranean doomsday shelter is reimagining the future of apocalypse-proof living.
Called "Underground House Plan B," the flying-saucer-shaped bunker combines high-security systems like a fireproof evacuation ring with the comforts of a modern, above-ground home.
Plan B uses LED lights, image projections, and greenery to make the residents feel as if they could step outside.
Plan B is the brainchild of Kyiv-based Sergey Makhno Architects.
Take a look inside the luxury bunker, which can comfortably fit two to three families plus staff.
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Sergey Makhno Architects, a Ukrainian studio known for its minimalistic, contemporary designs, has designed a concept for a subterranean doomsday shelter that combines security with the comforts of an above-ground home.
Courtesy Sergey Makhno Architects
Source: Sergey Makhno Architects
Called "Underground House Plan B," the concrete bunker is shaped like a flying saucer and comes with a rooftop helipad.
Courtesy Sergey Makhno Architects
The bunker design is currently just a concept. If Plan B enters the project phase, the studio will work with contractors to develop systems in detail, according to the concept description.
Source: Sergey Makhno Architects Once inside, residents will be fully protected from outside disasters thanks to a closed ventilation system, medical treatment room, and fire-resistant evacuation ring accessible from almost anywhere in the home. Source: Sergey Makhno Architects
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The LA-based interior designer who has worked with the Kardashians, Cher, and Ozzy Osbourne reveals how he creates homes for the ultra-wealthyYoga lawns, giant chess, and glamping wagons: These are the 10 most popular campsites and RV resorts across the US right nowA full-floor penthouse in the Miami building where David and Victoria Beckham bought a $20 million pad in April is now on the market. Take a look inside.SEE ALSO: The producer of the cult classic movie 'American Psycho' designed a home in Joshua Tree that looks like a fallen skyscraper, and it's almost entirely covered in mirrors. Take a look inside.
NOW READ: A family of 8 is traveling through Australia's most remote regions in a fully customized, 2-story motorhome. Here's a look inside.
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- Business Insider 16:51July 8, 2020The LA-based interior designer who has worked with the Kardashians, Cher, and Ozzy Osbourne reveals how he creates homes for the ultra-wealthyLu Tapp Martyn Lawrence Bullard is one of the most prolific interior designers in the world.
His clients include Kylie Jenner, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Cher, Tommy Hilfiger, and even Kid Rock. In an interview with Business Insider, Bullard talked about his design principles, and his famous work on Jenner's Hidden Hills home, Cher's LA condo, and Tommy Hilfiger's Miami escape pad.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In 2018, Martyn Lawrence Bullard was designing a home for a 21-year-old client who had some unusual requests for a starter home — she wanted to fill it with Damien Hirsts and silk Patagonian carpets.
Of course, it was a then-pregnant Kylie Jenner, who at the time had an estimated net worth north of $800 million. And for her Hidden Hills home, he knew he had to bring his A-game. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Tax Day is now July 15 — this is what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first timeSee Also:'Affordable' house prices have only fallen in 2 cities during the pandemic, and even in those they're absurdly expensiveA full-floor penthouse in the Miami building where David and Victoria Beckham bought a $20 million pad in April is now on the market. Take a look inside.A death in the Atlantic, a media empire that once had $4 billion in debt, and a yacht named Lady Ghislaine: Take a look at Ghislaine Maxwell's family historySEE ALSO: A millennial entrepreneur who runs a high-end watch retailer explains why now is the time to invest in watches — and which timepieces are the most valuable
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- Guardian 10:00July 8, 2020Salisbury Cathedral to reopen to tourists with art extravaganzaGrayson Perry work features in show marking building’s 800th anniversary Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVisitors are finally returning to one of the UK’s most glorious buildings, Salisbury Cathedral, where they will be met by sights and sounds ranging from a shimmering Antony Gormley figure perched high above the choir to peregrine falcons on the tower.The cathedral believes that from Wednesday it will be able to welcome 600 visitors a day, well down on the 1,000 or so it would expect to greet on a normal busy summer’s day, but a huge boost for a building that depends on the income tourists bring. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:00July 8, 2020The great reopening – how Britain's galleries Covid-proofed themselvesFrom London to Llandudno to Dundee, museums are back in business. So is it now safe to view art – and how will they cope with the drastic drop in numbers?‘There was a moment,” says Andrew Nairne, “when I was thinking, of course, we are like Nottingham Contemporary and the Hepworth Wakefield, places like that.” The director of Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge is guiding me around a gallery that’s “in rehearsals” for a socially distanced opening in August. “Then I remembered that the others don’t have a little cottage with tiny rooms and narrow corridors.”Today, the National Gallery in London is reopening after Covid-19 abruptly shut the doors of British museums in mid-March. But Kettle’s Yard, like many others, is taking a slower, phased approach. The institution regularly hosts shows in its new, airy galleries – an exhibition from the artist Linder will be extended into the autumn – but at its heart is the home of its founder, curator and collector Jim Ede. This takes the form of a series of knocked-through cottages, their awkward-shaped rooms brimming with art and delicate objects. It is meant to be a warm, hospitable place where visitors are allowed the freedom to sit in armchairs, leaf through books left out on tables, and generally feel at home. All of which also makes it a social-distancing nightmare. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 13:10July 7, 2020'People say we don’t exist': the scandal of excluded black architectsIn one London borough, a quarter of residents are black. Yet of the 110 firms selected by the council to compete for £100m in fees, not a single one is led by a black architectIt was billed as one of the most inclusive opportunities for architects in history, a bold open call for emerging talents to be given the chance to win public-sector projects – the holy grail of any aspiring young practice. Southwark council declared that its New Architect Design Services Framework was a “first-of-a-kind” attempt to engage with a new generation of diverse designers. As councillor Leo Pollak put it: “It is the framework some architects have been waiting for all their years.”It turns out that black architects will have to wait even longer. Out of the 110 architecture firms selected for the panel, with the chance to bid for £100m of fees from public sector clients over the next four years, not a single one of them is led by a black architect. It would be an alarming result in any context, but it is particularly stark in a London borough that has the largest black African population in the country, and where over a quarter of residents identify as black. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 11:05July 7, 2020'Their stories should be told right': how museums are documenting the protestsFrom collecting and storing placards to recording oral histories from those who were there, museums across America are archiving a vital moment from historyLafayette Square in Washington DC has seen considerable political upheaval over the past month. After clashes with police, Black Lives Matter protesters turned the fenced-off area that was built to block protesters from entering the White House, into a crowd-sourced memorial wall, piled with paintings, posters and drawings of George Floyd, and other victims of police brutality, since rallies erupted on 25 May. Related: 'It's a big turning point': is this the end of racist monuments in America? Continue reading...
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- Guardian 09:41July 7, 2020In Plain Sight skywriting project targets US culture of incarceration: 'We have a brief moment of clarity'Eighty artists and activists unite in attempt to ‘pierce through electoral politics’If you look skyward on the fourth of July in the United States, you can usually expect to see fireworks burst forth above towns and cities as people celebrate Independence Day.This year, in the sunny skies above the land of the free, the loaded question of independence – for whom, and on whose terms? – was brought into clear focus by sky-typing planes that wrote messages including “CARE NOT CAGES”, “ABOLISH ICE” and “ESTOY AQUI” (“I’m here”) above detention facilities, immigration courts, borders, and historically significant sites in dozens of cities across the US. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 18:33July 6, 2020Follow the arrows to swoon at Cézanne: the National Gallery reopensAfter years of packed exhibitions, Adrian Searle’s expectation of more space to appreciate great art was undermined by his inability to forget lockdownThe National Gallery in London reopens to the public on Wednesday 8 July. Although access to the main galleries remains free, it is only possible via timed entry, using online-only booking. You can’t just find yourself in the neighbourhood and wander in. Visitors will also have to follow one of three designated routes through the galleries, all of which are signposted, with arrows on the floor pointing up the prescribed flow. Quite how this will work, and how much one can deviate or jump between Route A, which begins in the Sainsbury Wing, and routes B and C in the main galleries, both of which terminate in the Impressionist Galleries, defeated me on my press preview visit on Saturday. I get the feeling the few dozen of us wandering the galleries were guinea pigs for a system that needs to evolve in practice. “There will be two-metre social distancing measures throughout the galleries”, I read, and the gallery recommends, but does not stipulate, that face coverings be worn.I’m not much good at keeping to prescribed routes, always wanting to double back, take a second look or a random turn and even lose myself, so as to alight on something unexpected. Besides, in any public gallery with a good collection, it has for years been near impossible to linger with the best-known works. Try to stand your ground in front of Rembrandt’s Night Watch in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, or Velázquez’s Las Meninas in the Prado in Madrid, and you might get trampled to the ground. Try holding your place against the tide of visitors in the Hermitage when the cruise ships have discharged their human cargo into St Petersburg. In a big show of Vermeer in the Hague some years ago, visitors jostled one another for position and fistfights almost broke out in front of these quiet, small, intimate paintings. The atmosphere was tense. It was hard to look, let alone think. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 17:23July 6, 2020'Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky' – do cities have to be so sexist?Toxic masculinity is built into the fabric of our urban spaces, writes Leslie Kern, author of new book Feminist City. And the results aren’t just divisive – they can be lethalGlass ceilings and phallic towers. Mean streets and dark alleys. Road names and statues of men. From the physical to the metaphorical, the city is filled with reminders of masculine power. And yet we rarely talk of the urban landscape as an active participant in gender inequality. A building, no matter how phallic, isn’t actually misogynist, is it? Surely a skyscraper isn’t responsible for sexual harassment, the wage gap, or even the glass ceiling, whether it has a literal one up top or not?That said, our built environments can still reflect patterns of gender-based discrimination. To imagine the city and its structures as neutral places where complicated human social relations are staged is to ignore the simple fact that people built these places. As the feminist geographer Jane Darke has said: “Our cities are patriarchy written in stone, brick, glass and concrete.” In other words, cities reflect the norms of the societies that build them. And sexism is a deep-rooted norm. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 10:00July 6, 2020Who is invisible in this painting?: the great British art quizThe Government Art Collection hosts today’s quiz, setting questions to explore art collections currently closed due to coronavirusThis quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home of the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues, by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK sets the questions.Today, our questions are set by Government Art Collection. It is the most dispersed collection of British art in the world, with works displayed in more than 365 buildings and in 155 capital cities worldwide. The collection promotes British art and plays a key role in cultural diplomacy. Works can also be seen by the wider UK public through exhibition loans, digitally and partnership projects. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:00July 6, 2020From no deal to New Deal: how Boris Johnson could follow FDR and save the artsIn the grip of the Great Depression, America bankrolled 10,000 artists – and reaped the rewards. As Britain’s arts face oblivion, will Boris Johnson’s £1.57bn rescue package match up to Roosevelt’s New Deal?As America struggled with the Great Depression in 1933, 25 artists were hired to paint murals depicting aspects of Californian life on the walls of Coit Tower in San Francisco. They were paid at least $25 a week – the equivalent of about £400 today. Tasked with beautifying public buildings, the artists seized the chance for some mischief. Bernard Zakheim’s mural depicts a worker in a library, screwing up a newspaper with one hand and reaching for Das Kapital on a shelf with the other. Clifford Wight’s triptych depicts capitalism, the New Deal and communism, with the latter panel containing a hammer and sickle and the caption “Workers of the World Unite”. After a virulent press campaign, the hammer and sickle were removed a year later.The Coit Tower murals were the pilot initiative of the Public Works Arts Project devised to give struggling artists work. Harry Hopkins, Franklin D Roosevelt’s commerce secretary and one of the architects of the New Deal, had said: “Hell, they’ve got to eat just like other people!” Thus began the first New Deal arts project, part of a decade-long bankrolling of artists that nurtured some of America’s greatest painters and photographers. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 23:57July 5, 2020Boris Johnson pledges £1.5bn lifeline to keep UK's arts sector afloatIndustry welcomes ‘surprisingly ambitious’ sum for museums, galleries, theatres and music venues‘At last a glimpse of hope’: UK arts figures on the rescue packageCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain’s beleaguered arts and heritage sectors have been promised £1.57bn of help in a long-awaited rescue package described by the government as the biggest one-off investment in UK culture.After weeks of desperate warnings that the UK was facing an irreversible cultural catastrophe without targeted support, ministers announced a package that it said would protect the future of the country’s museums, galleries, theatres and music venues. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 16:12July 5, 2020We're at the halfway point of 2020, now see all the coolest car interiors I've tested so far this year — from Ferraris to Lamborghinis to Porsches and moreMatthew DeBord/Insider Since the beginning of 2020, I've driven a wide range of vehicles, from luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz and supercar-makers like Ferrari and Lamborghini.
But I've also driven some great mass-market cars and SUVs.
This has given me the chance to sample a bunch of interiors.
Halfway through the year, here's a rundown of my favorites, with some of the coolest features from each.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The exterior is what often gets much of the press when it comes to great cars. And why not? The expression of an incredible design in shimmering sheet metal is why people have been getting excited about automobiles for over a century.
But these days, interiors are just as important. And not simply because you're going to wind up sitting in them for long stretches of time. Auto interiors have always been full of creature comforts, from sumptuous upholstery to, just a few decades ago, numerous ashtrays.
In the 2020s, premium traditions now exist alongside a lot of technology: owners expect their vehicles to be like rolling smartphones, capable of keeping them connected and entertained.
I've reviewed about two dozen vehicles thus far in 2020, so I thought I'd take a moment to look back and celebrate some of the most interesting ones I've experienced:The Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster.
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Our $210,000 test car showcased the standard that Mercedes-Benz has set for the industry. The "Saddle Brown" Nappa leather interior was gorgeous and comfortable.
Read the review.
My favorite feature was the embossed AMG crest on the armrest. A subtle touch in a car that isn't terribly subtle. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Bombardier just delivered its first Global 5500, a $46 million private jet that can fly nearly 7,000 miles – see insideI flew out of the new LaGuardia Airport terminal 2 weeks after it opened and couldn't believe it was the same airport I hated. Here's what it was like.The $397,000 Ferrari F8 Spider is a majestic summary of everything great that the Italian carmaker can doFOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content!
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- Business Insider 15:38July 5, 2020The 68-square-foot Zen Work Pod is a self-contained office designed to minimize distractions working from home — see insideAutonomous Smart office company Autonomous designed an individual outdoor work pod.
The pod is about 68 square feet, with room for a chair, desk, and bookshelf.
It's releasing the structure in several rounds, priced between $5,400 and $15,000.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus has sent many workers home for the indefinite future, leading to haphazard home office setups and working from couches. Autonomous, a company that makes home office furniture, is releasing a tiny office pod.
The Zen Work Pod is available for preorder through the end of August at different prices depending on how many have already been sold. The first ten pods are priced at $5,400, up to $14,900 for later buyers. The "monastically inspired design," as described by Autonomous, has just enough room for a one person office setup, with a desk and chair.
Autonomous says that working from the minimalist pod will eliminate distractions and be "your own private working realm." For now, preorders are only being accepted in the continental US.
Here's what it's like. The pod is made from sustainable oak and walnut, aluminum, and tempered glass.
The space is small and enclosed for privacy while working, but nearly ten foot tall ceilings and a glass wall make it feel open.
Autonomous will deliver and set up the Zen Pod, which needs about 250 square feet of space for the foundation.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:FarmBot automates tending, weeding, and watering a garden and makes it as easy as playing a video game to feed a family of 4 — here's how it worksThis tiny floating hotel off the coast of Australia sleeps 2, costs $1,100 per night, and runs completely on solar power — see insideThis $280,000 silent electric boat was inspired by electric eels — here's what it looks likeSEE ALSO: These drones drop PPE and COVID-19 test samples to medical facilities using tiny parachutes — here's how it works
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- Business Insider 15:32July 5, 2020FarmBot automates tending, weeding, and watering a garden and makes it as easy as playing a video game to feed a family of 4 — here's how it worksFarmBot Farmbot is an open-source, 3D printed robotic farm machine.
Users plan out a farm digitally, almost like a video game.
It can be used for small-scale home gardens, education, or larger projects.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. FarmBot is a way for people to grow vegetables in almost any backyard, but it's also like a video game. After introducing it's two largest kits ever, FarmBot says it has been used by thousands of children, families, and scientists.
The idea is a high-tech garden or small farm that can monitor just about every aspect of plants while controlling them like a game. A 3D printed robot arm plants vegetables, waters them, monitors soil conditions, and captures images. Meanwhile, the farmer can control all the tools from a web app with a virtual garden that functions a bit like if the farm simulator video game "Stardew Valley" had a real-life companion.
All FarmBot products are also completely open source, with explicit encouragement for buyers to 3D print their own pieces or make any other modifications they can think of.
Here's how it works. Farmbot comes in several different sizes and use cases.
There are two different lines, the Farmbot Express and Farmbot Genesis, each with three size options.
The bot arm itself and attachments are 3D printed.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:This tiny floating hotel off the coast of Australia sleeps 2, costs $1,100 per night, and runs completely on solar power — see insideJeff Bezos' fortune just surpassed $171 billion. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.4 trillion company and became the world's richest man.This $280,000 silent electric boat was inspired by electric eels — here's what it looks likeSEE ALSO: This company is building a road that charges electric vehicles wirelessly while they drive on it — here's how it works
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- Guardian 09:00July 5, 2020From Talking Heads to a painter with seven fingers: the Observer culture quizTest your arts knowledge with these questions from our criticsThe recent TV version of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads featured a slew of 2020 actors reprising roles first taken in 1988 and 1998. Two monologues were newly written, and two, A Cream Cracker Under the Settee and Waiting for the Telegram, were not refilmed, being deemed unbetterable. Who was the original talking head in both cases? Thora HirdAlan BennettMaggie SmithThe daughter of an Irish musician is currently enthralling some of our Sunday evenings with lashings of laudanum and Maori magic. With which of these songs did her father once top the US Billboard chart? I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking ForWhisky in the jarBright Side of the RoadWhich London location inspired Mendelssohn’s popular Spring Song?Hampstead HeathKew Gardens Camberwell GreenWhat do Charlize Theron, Zoe Saldana and Christian Bale have in common?They have all played cyborgsThey all trained in balletThey all breed koiWhich artist painted himself with seven fingers?PicassoDalíChagallBefore he moved into the world of film, the late director Joel Schumacher worked as what? A department store window-dresserA firefighterA limbo dancerWhich of the following is NOT true of Russell Crowe?He is a fan of Leeds UnitedHe is a trained wrestlerHe used to perform in a band under the name Russ Le RoqWhich Victorian novelist was also a theatrical business manager?Wilkie CollinsBram StokerAnthony TrollopeWhich artist painted herself playing a lute? Artemisia GentileschiLavinia FontanaSofonisba AnguissolaWhich of these TV titles, as printed here, has a grammatical, syntactical or spelling error?Who Wants to Be a MillionaireDad's ArmyHowards EndPeter Dalton, Wayne Furniss and Jamie Pinchbeck were early, pre‑fame members of which Sheffield band?Arctic Monkeys The Human LeaguePulpWho said “in this house with its four walls of glass I feel like a prowling animal, always on the alert”?Ray EamesEdith FarnsworthLina Bo BardiMany Haydn symphonies have nicknames, including one of the following. Which? The duckThe bear The budgerigarIn which play is the word “critic” used as an expletive?Waiting for GodotLook Back in AngerThe Front PageWho called what “that great heap of stones”?Sarah Churchill of Blenheim Palace King Khufu of the Great PyramidWinston Churchill of the Palace of WestminsterWho urged us to Give Ireland Back to the Irish and was banned for their trouble?Van MorrisonDexys Midnight RunnersWingsNeil Jordan’s 1992 thriller The Crying Game borrowed its title from a song released by whom?Chuck BerryDave BerryTony BerryWho is Sasha Fierce?The actor Alexander Armstrong’s DJ aliasBeyoncé’s braver alter egoA British dance music producer15 and above.You really are the cultural upper crust. Bask in the glory!9 and above.Solid work – you clearly know your cultural onions.0 and above.Oh... well, the less said about this, the better, eh?4 and above.Don't worry, with a little work you'll be one of the cultural elite in no time. See you next week... Continue reading...
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- Guardian 09:00July 5, 2020The heat's back on: our insiders' guide to 2020's best summer cultureFrom art to architecture, from festivals to films, our expert guests spotlight the hottest cultural events and share their own summer touchstonesObserver critics pick the biggest summer releases Continue reading...
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- Guardian 16:25July 3, 2020Titian's fiery dreams are brought back to life as National Gallery prepares to reopen – the week in artElsewhere, there are provocative bodies, Don McCullin’s landscapes and a liberating take on LGBTQ+ Britain – all in your weekly dispatchTitian: Love, Desire, DeathThe Greek myths are brought to smokily erotic, achingly emotional life in the series of stupendous canvases this great Venetian painter created for Philip II of Spain in the 16th century. Closed by Covid-19 after just three days, this wondrous reunion of Titian’s fiery dreams is back for the rest of the year as the National Gallery reopens.• National Gallery, London from 8 July until 17 January Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 23:13July 2, 2020This tiny floating hotel off the coast of Australia sleeps 2, costs $1,100 per night, and runs completely on solar power — see insideLilypad is a floating hotel off the coast of Sydney, Australia.
It's designed for two guests to stay overnight, starting at $1,142 per night.
The floating villa runs entirely on solar power.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Off the coast of Sydney, Australia, Lilypad Palm Beach has a solar-powered hotel that might be the perfect place to vacation during the coronavirus pandemic. The hotel has an offshore villa, Lilypad, that sleeps two guests. The villa runs entirely on solar power.
Lilypad is another in a recent trend of luxury accommodations that emphasize solar power and sustainability. In February, Serenity Yachts debuted a $3.3 million solar-powered yacht that could travel around the world without stopping.
Dutch company Soel Yachts is releasing a line of solar-powered shuttles to transport guests to a resort in Bora Bora. LilyPad isn't a boat, but the floating villa similarly combines high-end outings with sustainability, and it can also be rented through Airbnb.
Here's what it looks like.The villa is about a 30 second boat ride offshore.
It's also available to rent for a 16 person lunch, or a six person spa.
For $1,142 per night, two people can rent the villa.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:This $280,000 silent electric boat was inspired by electric eels — here's what it looks likeAirbnb is banning some users under 25 from renting certain listings to help crack down on party housesThe biggest companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderationSEE ALSO: This $280,000 silent electric boat was inspired by electric eels — here's what it looks like
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- Flashbak 20:41July 2, 2020Interior Design: Carol M. Highsmith’s Hallways of America“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.” — Virginia Woolf, The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Volume Three: 1925-1930 In the 1980s, photographer Carol M. Highsmith began … Continue reading "Interior Design: Carol M. Highsmith’s Hallways of America"
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- Business Insider 19:29July 2, 2020This $280,000 silent electric boat was inspired by electric eels — here's what it looks likeX Shore sells fully electric, silent boats.
The two newest models, the Eelex 8000 and the Eelord 6000 debuted in January.
They cost between $223,000 and $280,000.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. X Shore's boats don't necessarily look like eels, but the company says they were inspired by electric South American fish.
X Shore started taking orders for electric boats in 2018, and now has two models for sale, the Eelex 8000 and the Eelor 6000. They're manufactured in Sweden, but can be transported globally. The larger Eelex 6500 and Eeltrek 8000 are also in the works, though not yet for sale.
Electric boats are quieter, and create less emissions than boats powered by fossil fuels. They're also cheaper, according to X Shore, which says the cost of refueling an electric boat can be as low as one-tenth the cost for fossil fuels. At nearly $300,000 for the larger boat, X Shore boats seem to be going for the luxury crowd, but they're smaller crafts than other electric yachts on the market.
See the Eelex 8000 here. The Eelex 8000 is the most expensive boat currently sold by X Shore, at about $280,000.
Deck and hull colors are customizable, with three options: moss, sandy, and coffee.
It weighs about 5,700 pounds, with a width of 8 feet and a length of 26 feet.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The best Nintendo Switch gamesThe maker of this 3D-printed smart tiny home claims its 'zombie-proof' and able to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and viruses — see insideI tried Hey, the $99 a year email app that Apple threatened to remove from the App Store, and it completely changed the way I look at my inbox foreverSEE ALSO: The maker of this 3D-printed smart tiny home claims its 'zombie-proof' and able to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and viruses — see inside
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- Guardian 15:45July 2, 2020Tate Britain announces recipients of £10,000 Turner bursariesCash awards given to ten artists who would have been in the running for cancelled 2020 prizeA “fantastic and exciting” list of ten artists who would all have been in the running for this year’s Turner prize have been named as the recipients of £10,000 bursaries.Tate Britain on Thursday announced the names of artists who will receive no-strings-attached cash awards in place of this year’s abandoned competition. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 14:35July 2, 2020Virgin Galactic is unveiling the cabin of its rocketship that will fly people to the edge of space, and you can watch a live virtual tour on YouTubeVirgin Galactic is gearing up to launch paying passengers to the edge of space aboard a reusable winged rocket ship called SpaceShipTwo.
The publicly traded spaceflight and space tourism company, founded by Richard Branson in 2004, plans to reveal the finalized design of SpaceShipTwo's cabin on July 28.
Virgin Galactic won't say when it plans to begin launching space tourists, and has suffered many delays over the years.
But not it has moved into final experimental flights to earn FAA approval and complete an internal test program.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sixteen years after Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic, the company plans to unveil the interior design of its centerpiece suborbital rocket ship, SpaceShipTwo.
The vehicle is designed to rocket to supersonic speeds and fly beyond the unofficial boundary of space some 62 miles above Earth.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic plan on taking you to spaceSee Also:How a former soldier went from self-taught truck driver to helping Alphabet's Waymo usher in the era of self-driving semisThe European Union finalized its ban on American travelers as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rageThe pandemic is reshaping airlines — and how you fly will never return to ‘normal’SEE ALSO: Virgin Galactic thinks it can leverage its space-tourism program into a $15 billion-a-year high-speed travel business
DON'T MISS: Virgin Galactic is building and testing spaceships during the coronavirus pandemic. The company's CEO explains how its high-tech workers are staying safe.
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- Guardian 08:00July 2, 2020Pride, power, pedals and protest: black British photographers pick a best shotBlack Lives Matter has underlined the crucial role played by black photographers. We asked eight British leaders in their field to pick a favourite image from their archives – and explain why it’s so important to them Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 19:16July 1, 2020The maker of this 3D-printed smart tiny home claims its 'zombie-proof' and able to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and viruses — see insideHaus Haus makes self-sustaining, 3D printed smart homes.
The house can go on any flat piece of land, with no utility hookups necessary.
Haus says its homes are "zombie proof," and anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Haus is selling homes that seem to do it all – self-sufficient smart homes that can be erected anywhere in the world, with protection against viruses.
Part of the appeal of the Haus models is the ability to live totally off the grid. The homes come move-in ready, fully furnished, with the technology to use solar energy and recycle water, no utility hookups needed. They don't even need specialized foundations or installation processes — Haus says they can go on any flat piece of land.
The glass and sleek, white exterior look like a spaceship, with a futuristic fingerprint entry. Every aspect of the home can be controlled through an app, like temperature, humidity, and how much energy is being used. Maybe most attractive of all — Haus says that its air purifying system can protect inhabitants from 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, which could be a welcome feature in the world of the coronavirus.
Though homes aren't scheduled to be delivered until October, there's already clear interest. CEO Max Gerbut told Business Insider that the company already has more than 19,000 buyer requests, with 40 preorders, all before the unit was officially presented in public. Haus will unveil its first units in September, and interested buyers can "test drive" a unit to see the smart home in action.
Here's how it works. The house starts with a 3D printed frame.
The exterior is made of carbon fiber, polymers, and guarded glass panes.
Haus says the 3D polymer frame can withstand hurricanes and earthquakes.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The best Ring doorbell deals we expect on Prime Day 2020These floating homes are designed to withstand rising sea levels while harvesting their own energy and water — here's how they workApple just unveiled the next version of its iPhone software, iOS 14. Here are the biggest changes coming to your iPhone this fall.SEE ALSO: This $56,000 smart tiny home is only 68 square feet, and can operate off-grid using solar power — see inside
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- The Guardian(UK) 14:34June 30, 2020Ship drawing sheds new light on Amsterdam's role in slave tradePrint of the Beeckestijn, now identified as a slave ship, forms part of Amsterdammers and Slavery exhibitionA contemporaneous drawing of a Dutch West India Company slave ship from the early 1700s in which more than 1,000 people died has been identified and is being exhibited as part of a wider attempt by the city of Amsterdam to reckon with its past.The Beeckestijn transported around 4,600 slaves from the African west coast to the Dutch colonies of Suriname and St Eustatius over seven voyages to South America and the Caribbean between 1722 and 1736. At least a thousand slaves died on board. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 22:32June 29, 2020An animator built a miniature version of IBM's iconic 1401 computer system from scratch. Take a look.Nicolas Temese A Montreal-based creator modeled a miniature replica of IBM's iconic 1401 computer system.
Nicolas Temese told Business Insider that the scale model includes everything from the setup at the time: a punchcard reader, tape drives, a query console, a central unit, and a line printer.
Temese said his model is going to be displayed in Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum, which also showcases a working, real-size 1401 computer system.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Nicolas Temese doesn't work as a modeler full-time — he's a technical director at a small animation studio in Montreal, Canada, where he's based.
But he's spent hours creating a mini version of IBM's successful 1401 computer.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in AmericaSee Also:Kygo's wireless headphones aren't aimed at audiophiles, but they still provide an enjoyable sound and noise cancellation for a budget-friendly sale price of just $170Apple will let you change the iPhone's default web browser and email app in iOS 14, but any plans to change others like music or maps are still far away. Here's why.The best 2-in-1 laptopsSEE ALSO: Here are 9 companies IBM could buy given that new CEO Arvind Krishna said that it will get back to its 'acquisitive strategy' in a few months, according to experts
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- Guardian 08:00June 29, 2020Can I go clubbing? Yes – in New Zealand! Your guide to easing and the artsAre seatless, stroll-through shows the future of theatre? Can one-way dancing save nightclubs? Could budding indie bands storm Wembley stadium? Scientists imagine the arts after Covid-19 The day before museums began closing in Britain, I saw Aubrey Beardsley at the Tate and Titian at the National Gallery. It was a strange experience, the power of the art undercut by the unsettling feeling that something deadly could be among us. “Don’t come too close to me,” I found myself thinking, or: “I can’t believe you’re coughing in public.” I wondered if it was wrong of me to even be there. With the words “global health emergency” ringing in my ears, I resolved not to leave the house again for pleasure. Soon, there was no choice anyway.Those thoughts have resurfaced now that lockdown is easing and arts institutions face enormous pressure to reopen – and keep visitors safe. “The virus has produced a great deal of anxiety,” says Gabriel Scally, honorary professor of public health at the University of Bristol. “Coming out of lockdown, there are bound to be people whose psychological problems – OCD or agoraphobia – will be exacerbated by this. We need to make sure people can enter venues with confidence.” Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 18:16June 27, 2020Milton Glaser graphic designer dies aged 91 i love ny logoThe man who came up with the classic I love NY logo died on Friday at 91, leaving a rich legacyIt’s a privilege and occasional frustration for graphic designers that they furnish the backgrounds of the lives of millions, without those millions always being aware that they have done so. So it was for Milton Glaser, who died on Friday, on his 91st birthday.It is hard to think of any visual artist so pervasive in his influence. If you’re of a certain age, you might have noticed his carnivalesque covers on the Signet Classic paperback series of Shakespeare plays, or have owned the poster he made for Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, in which bright riotous hair bursts from the singer’s austere silhouette. With the Push Pin Studios, which he helped found in 1954 with fellow graduates of the Cooper Union design school, he can be said to have created what became the look of the 60s: flowing lines, rainbow colours, strong patterns. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 16:06June 27, 2020Milton Glaser, groundbreaking I ❤️ NY designer, dies aged 91Glaser’s bold logo, created for free in 1977, helped boost New York’s image and he was also part of the team that founded New York magazineMilton Glaser, the groundbreaking graphic designer who adorned Bob Dylan’s silhouette with psychedelic hair and summed up the feelings for his native New York with “I (HEART) NY,” died Friday, on his 91st birthday.The cause was a stroke and Glaser had also had renal failure, his wife, Shirley Glaser, told The New York Times. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 11:30June 27, 2020Jeremy Deller: ‘Who'd play me in a film? Worzel Gummidge’The artist on a touching moment with an elephant, treasuring his hair and his love of bats Born in London, Jeremy Deller, 54, gained an art history degree at the Courtauld Institute in 1988. He went on to become a conceptual, video and installation artist. In 2004, he won the Turner prize for his mixed media installation Memory Bucket, which documents his travels through Texas. In 2010 he was awarded the RSA’s Albert Medal and in 2013 he represented the UK at the Venice Biennale. From 2007 to 2011 he served as a Tate trustee. He lives in London.Which living person do you most admire and why?Either Stevie Wonder or Willie Nelson. Hopefully, no explanation required. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 18:37June 26, 2020Google's strangest street views, and other creepy wonders – the week in artJon Rafman scours Google’s photo archive, the National Gallery gives kids a lesson on insects, and there are online shows for Lucas Cranach, Annie Leibovitz and Helmut Newton – all in your weekly dispatchJon Rafman: Nine Eyes of Google Street ViewImages appropriated from Google Street View give an eerily intimate and creepily intrusive vision of life on Earth.• Sprüth Magers online until 25 July. Continue reading...
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